Well it depends on what you were diagnosed with! Some conditions do not respond to Orthotics alone and need modalities such as Cold Laser Therapy and Ultrasound to assist in decreasing inflammation and healing painful tissues in the foot. The rule is: Never get Custom Foot Orthotics from a Health Care Practitioner without fully understanding your diagnosis. Custom Foot Orthotics can help distribute pressure away from painful areas similar to how a snowshoe distributes your body weight over a larger surface area, but you cannot expect them to fully get rid of pain that has been there for years and created scar tissue and compensatory problems. Cold Laser Therapy treatment involves light therapy to stimulate microcirculation around the tissues to increase blood flow and enhance cellular regeneration and oxygen consumption.
We offer these therapies in our clinic; please don't hesitate to give us a call or contact us to discuss various treatment options today!
The medial longitudinal arch in the foot supports the foot, absorbs shock and distributes pressure. As the arches flatten with age and genetics; we lose some of the strength and stability in the feet. The muscles and ligaments attempt to support the foot and the body weight but they quickly tire and fatigue so we end up getting foot fatigue and aching feet. Custom foot orthotics support the medial arch and return the strength and stability to the foot eliminating foot pain and fatigue. Give us a call to schedule a comprehensive foot assessment to see if you would benefit from custom foot orthoses.
Progressive and opportunistic Onychomycosis deserves serious attention in Diabetic patients as it can lead to serious complications. The thickening of the nails compromises the integrity of the skin and surrounding tissues and can cause bacterial infections with a three times higher rate of ulcerations and gangrene in patients with Diabetes and Onychomycosis.
Please book your comprehensive foot examination today. Want to learn more about toenail fungus? Please Google '02 Nov 2016 The Show on Shaw" and advance to the 30 minute mark (out of 60 minutes) or click here to see Katia Langton's Interview.
Painful Peripheral Neuropathy can be frustrating and impair quality of life due to the progressing symptoms of burning, tingling, numbness and pain which disrupt sleep. An alternative to masking with medical therapies is Cold Laser Therapy. The treatment involves light therapy to stimulate microcirculation around the nerve fibres to increase blood flow to the nerves, and enhance both nerve regeneration and cellular oxygen consumption. The latest trial research has shown a significant reduction of pain with Cold Laser Therapy treatment for painful Neuropathy.
Please give us a call or contact us today to assess whether you are a candidate for conservative care.
Nerve damage can happen in your feet (Peripheral Neuropathy); most commonly from Diabetes, aging, alcoholism, and metabolic disorders. It causes numbing and tingling in the feet, sharp shooting pains down the legs and it is worse at night and worse at rest. This starts at the toes and toes upwards.
Often this is confused with degeneration in the low back, Neuorogenic Intermittent Claudication (stenosis). The degenerated areas in the low back can cause leg and foot problems as it compresses the part of the spinal cord that branches to the legs and feet. The symptoms are leg pain, leg weakness with walking, numbing in the feet and occasional bowel and bladder problems. Relief with sitting and bending forward–this will affect your lifestyle as it limits you from golfing, walking the dog, shopping and walking activities.
For more information on properly differentiating these two and properly treating them in order to keep you on your feet and moving; please contact us.
Katia Langton is trained as a doctor of Chiropractic. She is the owner and operator of Oceanwalk Pedorthic Footcare and is also the Secretary of the Diabetic Foot Stream Committee of the International Diabetes Federation and co-authored the latest IDF guidelines to protect The Diabetic foot from breakdown.